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    First Trip to Aruba!!

    This was my first trip to Aruba and I travelled with a friend.
    I will tell about what i did and my overall experience.

    Sunday --
    First we Arrived at the ATL airport and it only took 1hr from the time we arrived at the new international terminal until we were at our gate.

    Our flight was delayed 30 minutes leaving due to a pilot issue.
    Once we arrived in Aruba we were met by Bully at the pickup area. He was very friendly and gave us a quick overview of Aruba on the way to our Hotel at Divi Village.

    Once we arrived at Divi Village we were given room 7304 ( great view) . Top floor , newly renovated, and a view of the beach and ocean.

    After we settled in , we went to catch the shuttle for the casino and ran into a few very nice couples. One couple overheard me talking about restaurants since i had done alot of research in advance and i suggested to all of them they try Matthews on the Beach. One couple went with us to Matthews and the other went a few hours later.

    Once we arrived at Matthews we were served by Angel who did a great job. We had a great meal and dessert, then we ran into the other couple that we had met and after talking and watching the sunset from Matthews (beautiful ) we went to the casino for some gambling. After loosing some money (my friend won , I lost) we went back to the room to get some rest for the next day.

    Monday --
    Monday at 9am we got picked up by Cerry for a 4 hr tour which included (i may have forgotten some things) , Lighthouse, National Park, boco prins, Cave (forgot which one) , sand dunes, the rock formations, HayStack Mountain, the expensive house area, Oranjestad , and a few other places i cannot remember right now . Cerry was great and the tour was worth every penny.

    After our tour we went by the grocery store then back to the room. Then we changed into swimsuits then went to the beach for the remainder of the day. We met two nice Dutch girls on the beach and ended up spending most of our week with them. For dinner monday we ate at Madam Jeanettes and it was great. Bully provided us transportation to and from dinner. After dinner we met up with the girls and went to Matthews for some drinks and stayed there for a few hours. Afterwards my friend and I went to senior frogs until 1am and then Molen until 3. Then a quick cab ride back to the room and to bed.

    Tuesday --
    Tuesday we woke up and spent the afternoon on the beach, until dinner time where we went back to Matthews for dinner. Then after dinner we went to the bar at the Tajamarin and then off to bed.

    Wednesday -
    Wed we relaxed at the nice pool for the afternoon and then we returned early evening. We then went to Gasparito for dinner. After a great meal we went back to Senior frogs for the remainder of the evening.

    Thursday--
    Thursday we spent the day relaxing at baby beach and not really doing alot. We went to the Carrubia festival in downtown San Nicholas after Baby beach and then off to senior frogs at the end of the night.

    Friday--
    Friday we again relaxed at the beach and went to Pizza Bobs for lunch, and then ate dinner at Driftwood downtown(we took the bus) . Then after driftwood we went back to the hotel and then off once more to Senior Frogs for the late night.

    Saturday--
    Saturday we relaxed at the beach until sunset (lunch was at sea breeze cafe at divi) then we ate with the Girls at Matthews one last time then spent the rest of the night at Senior frogs.

    Sunday--
    Sunday we got to the airport at 1145am and it took about 1hr to get through security and such and by 1pm we were at our terminal waiting on our flight.


    We were sad to leave but we will definitely return to Aruba every year and as soon as possible!!!

    If anyone needs information about anything from my trip just ask!!

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    terrific thanks for taking the time to write.
    hmmmm, you 2 met some girls........WONDERFUL.
    i am happy that this forum provided you with good information.

    how did you get up to san nicholas?
    was the street festival good?
    was it worth the effort to get up there from the lo rise area?

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    Love your trip report.... thanks for sharing.

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    Nice report of your vacation! I guess you must have enjoyed Seņor Frogs, seeing that you went back a few times. My husband and I will be traveling with six people ranging in age from 21 to 26. Do you think that would be a good night spot for them???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperBunches View Post
    Nice report of your vacation! I guess you must have enjoyed Seņor Frogs, seeing that you went back a few times. My husband and I will be traveling with six people ranging in age from 21 to 26. Do you think that would be a good night spot for them???
    I think cookoo kanookoo is your best bet

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    Thanks for posting trip report! How'd you do with the wifi situation?

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